I’ve been reading a very interesting book about luck. Yes. Luck. The Luck Factor is written by Dr. Richard Wiseman, a man who, by luck, was misdirected in the library as a kid. When he found himself in the magic section, he glanced through some books and as a result followed a winding path to a career that includes research into the nature of luck.
So what did he find?
That lucky people are not actually luckier in instances where pure random chance is involved – like a lottery. But they are luckier when it comes to serendipitous events in their lives. This makes sense, actually, because the bottom line so far in the book is that it’s a matter of how many encounters you have. Yes. Encounters.
If you’re a person who goes through the day with your head in the clouds or in such a funk that you don’t even notice the weather, you’re not going to be interacting with many other people or noticing much of anything going on around you. If you’re a person who is actively engaged in your life and even enjoying interacting with people – not for what you can get from them later but because you actually have an interest in other people – you’re likely to be on good terms with a lot of people.
So what? So luck has to do with being in the right place at the right time. All other things being equal, a person who interacts with 40 people a week is going to have a higher chance of a lucky encounter than a person who interacts with 40 people a month.
Think about it.